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19 Oct 2018 description
report Pacific Community

Training for development practitioners in Kiribati has been completed this week focusing on boosting monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity to support the country’s work in climate change and disaster risk management.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

18th October 2018 The Department of Climate Change in cooperation with EU-GIZ ACSE and GCF Readiness Programme called into session its second installment of the National Climate Change Donor Roundtable, discussing Climate Change Initiatives in Tonga and its linkages to national, regional and international policy instruments as well as highlighting the close out of Joint National Action Plan 2010 -2015 (JNAP 1) and ushering in the implementation phase of JNAP 2018-2028 (JNAP 2).

17 Oct 2018 description

WMO Deputy Secretary-General Elena Manaenkova was one of the speakers at the annual Chatham House Climate Change Conference, with a presentation on a foundation for weather- and climate-resilient sustainable development.

17 Oct 2018 description

The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific (RAV), hosted by Tonga from 15-17 October.

17 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

A new tide gauge worth AUD $600,000 was officially commissioned yesterday at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, the Prime Minister of Tonga Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

The new station at Vuna Wharf was built to withstand cyclone conditions and can last up to 20 years or longer with good maintenance. The equipement expected to record tides, weather and land movement.

16 Oct 2018 description

Warmer temperatures and increased rainfall can pose threats to our livelihoods and health by impacting the quality of water we drink, the food we consume, and the weather we experience.

But there are also vector-borne diseases (carried by mosquitoes and other insects), and water-borne bacteria and viruses, that become prevalent during periods of high and low rainfall, which pose great health risks to local populations. For example, increased risks of contracting dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, and other diseases.

12 Oct 2018 description

World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas today announced a joint commitment with the World Bank to spearhead the creation of an Alliance for Hydromet Development to boost climate and weather science and information for a resilient world.

The initiative was announced at an event on “Investing in a Climate Adapted World” held during the 2018 IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings, in Bali, Indonesia.

11 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

11th October 2018 The Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) under the Department of Climate Change (MEIDECC) and Women’s Affairs Division of MIA are jointly hosting a one-day workshop for strengthening community resilience to climate and disaster risk reduction (DRR) through women’s community governance structures, at Tungi Colonade Conference Room.

In the opening remarks CEO for MEIDECC Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u stated that our island nation is under threat and the most vulnerable and first responders are women.]

10 Oct 2018 description

UN 20-year review: earthquakes and tsunamis kill more people while climate change is driving up economic losses

10 Oct 2018 description

Weather and climate play a major role in impacting not only the safety of our Pacific people from natural hazards and extreme events such as tropical cyclones, floods and droughts; but also the potential health and economic risks they may face, such as increased vector-borne diseases during periods of heavy rainfall and damage to cash crop during a tropical cyclone event.

05 Oct 2018 description

Indonesia’s mountainous Sulawesi Island is famed for its many active volcanoes and numerous lakes. It is also an area of high seismic activity.

Agriculture plays a key role in supporting the local economy through the production of cocoa, coconut, rice, vegetables and fruit. Fishing, forestry and nickel mining are also major activities on the island which hosts national parks including the Bogani Nani Wartabone, home to many species endemic to the island.

05 Oct 2018 description

HON KRIS FAAFOI

Work on a weather station is underway to help Tokelau build its knowledge of and resilience to climate change, Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi announced today.

“The weather station will help Tokelau forecast and record changes in the weather,” Kris Faafoi said.

“Over time the data on temperatures, rainfall and wind will help us identify and address the impacts of climate change on Tokelau.”

04 Oct 2018 description
report Caritas

The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report: Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy - Releases today

Climate action should prioritise the poor – Caritas Report

In its fifth environment report for Oceania, Caritas has called for an integrated approach to tackling climate change that prioritises the needs of the poor. The call comes ahead of the release of a Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

03 Oct 2018 description

This report presents a synthesis of project-level final evaluations, carried out after three years of implementation of the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme.

02 Oct 2018 description
report World Bank

SUBMITTED BY DECHEN TSHERING

The 2016 monsoon was much heavier than usual affecting almost all of Bhutan, especially in the south.

Landslides damaged most of the country’s major highways and smaller roads. Bridges were washed away, isolating communities.

02 Oct 2018 description
report UN Democracy Fund

Climate resilience is essential to building sustainable communities. Women play a key role in local adaptation and mitigation efforts with regard to climate change, but in Cambodia they have limited access to decision-making processes. The Cambodian Development Resource Institute under its UNDEF grant is empowering women and women’s groups to promote and advocate for climate change adaptation initiatives.

01 Oct 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

DUBAI, Sep 30 2018 (WAM) - The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has conducted an overall assessment of climate adaptation in the health context in the UAE. Through surveys and a stakeholders’ workshop, MOCCAE outlined the direct and indirect climate-related health risks and the existing and possible actionable solutions for public health adaptation.